Coming season "won't be pretty"

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But milk price fall has an upside because it limits European expansion, economist says.

Train wreck gets turned around

Jason Colebourn of Landcorp and Xiaobao Du, Milk NZ Shanghai Pengxin.

Chinese company Shanghai Pengxin has transformed a former Crafar dairy farm.

LIC partners with Lely Group

LIC chief executive Wayne McNee says the co-operative aims to be a $1billion business by 2025.

Livestock breeding co-op pushes ahead with its strategy to become a $1 billion business.

Call for more irrigation cash

Federated Farmers president .Dr William Rolleston says the government should give more cash for water storage.

Federated Farmers wants Government to give more cash to irrigation schemes to help boost Maori economic aspirations.

Grower tops veggie patch

Pukekohe grower Hamish Gates showed his skills in a series of irrigation and other challenges to win the New Zealand Young Vegetable Grower title.

Hamish Gates from Pukekohe is crowned NZ Young Vegetable Grower of the year.

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opinion

Opinions welcomed at Fed Farmers

Australia's share of global dairy trade fell from 15 per cent to 7 per cent between 2002 and 2012.

OPINION: Federated Farmers' flourishes when members have shown passion for a topic and offered to roll up their sleeves.

GMP not the answer for combating low payout

OPINION: Oh bugger – I seem to have lost my crystal ball.

The longevity of Country Calendar?

Council should rethink TB funding position

Fieldays

Breaking new ground video

The new lake at Mystery Creek, Hamilton. Part of the extensive earthworks being undertaken at the site.

Mystery Creek is getting a $1.5 million make-over just in time for the Fieldays.

Laugh until the cows come home

Farming community to get some much-needed light relief at National Fieldays with a 7 Days comedy special.

People pack into the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek near Hamilton.

Clever ideas to see the light of day

Kiwi ingenuity will be once again be showcased in the Innovation Centre at the New Zealand National Fieldays in June.

dairy

Fonterra drivers promote poppy campaign

Fonterra tanker driver Brent Hopkins, of Hawera, adjusts a poppy on one of the co-operative's 57 Taranaki tankers.

Putting the Anzac poppy on the Taranaki Fonterra fleet of 57 tankers at 3.30am was all in a day's work for driver Brent Hopkins.

Train wreck remodelled as award-winner

Shanghai Pengxin is not just a growing dairy farmer in New Zealand, it's winning business awards here. Andrea Fox visited a former Crafar farm the Chinese company has transformed.

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Coming season "won't be pretty"

Milk price fall is the best thing that could happen because it limits European expansion, economist says.

advice

Seasonal safety in sights

With the change of season come increased safety risks for farmers, say government and industry prepresentatives.

Farm health and safety concerns highlighted as seasonal risk increases.

Is it time to move on from Gypsy Day?

For many in the dairy industry June 1 means one thing - time to move.

AgResearch scientist Trevor James with a sample of yellow bristle grass.

Invasive weed spreads

Warm temperatures this summer have contributed to the spread of an invasive weed throughout Taranaki.

aquaculture

Fish and chips may be at risk

Fish and Chips

Could the "fish" in fish and chips soon be off the menu thanks to global warming?

No arguing in this seafood spat

The top of the south's scientific and aquaculture expertise was praised at the opening of NZ''s first greenshell mussel hatchery.

The Sanford mussel processing facility in Havelock.

Hours cut at Havelock mussel plant

The night shift at a Havelock mussel factory has been cut due to diminished mussel crops.

beef

Where the best bulls come from

Mid Canterbury hereford breeder David Morrow of Okawa Stud.

The best bulls come from studs who farm commercially, the man behind Okawa Herefords tells Tony Benny.

Beef and veal exports hit record

Soaring beef and veal export returns push up prices for shoppers in NZ.

A photo of thin cattle being transported on a Cook Strait ferry in March.

Thin cattle not suffering - MPI

Investigation into thin cattle on a Cook Strait ferry reveals no evidence of animal harm.

Sheep

Nitrogen to spark parched paddocks

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North Canterbury dryland sheep and beef farmers are being urged to apply nitrogen to their drought-stricken grass pastures now, to kick-start growth before winter.

Little family outlasts droughts at Mt Vulcan

The Little family has run Mt Vulcan in Omihi for 120 years and have seen dry spells come and go, writes Heather Chalmers.

Robert and Anna Kempthorne have formed a "cohesive partnership".

Dairy and sheep farm impresses

Southland sheep and dairy farm wins Southland Ballance award.

cropping

Moet winemaker on why NZ has it good video

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And on why you should probably not cellar your Champagne.

Growing kiwifruit the Italian way

The Mafia is just one of the hazards that Zespri's European supply manager Callum Kay has to be aware of.

Anthony and Angela pick a selection for their local farmers’ market.

Demand for heirloom tomatoes growing

An Auckland couple eschews commercial tomato growing for an heirloom harvest and an artisan lifestyle.

agribusiness

LIC partners with Lely Group

LIC chief executive Wayne McNee says the co-operative aims to be a $1billion business by 2025.

The Livestock Improvement Corporation has added another partnership to its list this year as its pushes ahead with its growth strategy.

Fonterra's overseas risk up for debate

IT'S time for a debate on whether Fonterra's farmer-owners should continue to accept all the financial risk for the company's non-co-operative milk pools overseas, says Federated Farmers dairy chairman Andrew Hoggard.

Federated Farmers president .Dr William Rolleston says the government should give more cash for water storage.

Call for more irrigation cash

Federated Farmers wants Government to give more cash to irrigation schemes to help boost Maori economic aspirations.

Discovery

Plantain moth biopesticide closer

The plantain moth (Scopula rubraria), a widespread New Zealand native insect that feeds on a range of plants including plantain.

The availability of a natural insecticide to fight an emerging agricultural insect pest is a step closer.

Better deer health can lift profits

Big savings are ahead for deer farmers who introduce customised animal health plans.

Lincoln University
Biology Husbandry Unit Future Farming Centre scientist Dr Charles Merfield.

Non-chemical pest control promising

Research on using non-chemical methods to control potato pests is delivering groundbreaking results.

rural women

Kahlia gets the job done

Kahlia Fryer won the Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P scholarship at the recent Hawke's Bay Primary Industry Awards

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

Thriving in the best of both worlds

Fonterra Shareholders Councillor Sandra Cordell reveals why she is passionate about the role and the industry.

Horse riding introduced Nicky Hutchinson to show competing and now she is the first female president of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Canty A&P gets first female president

Nicky Hutchinson says gender doesn't matter in her new role as the head of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Video

Sacrificing holidays to study

Students embrace week of rigorous business boot camp.

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